About the work


Artist statement

I make art about humanity and the similarities between "us" and "other". I choose subjects and stories that are unlikely to match with expectations or demographics - because when I strip away expectations I find real connection and meaning.


In this way I am constantly disassembling and reassembling identities. I allow the pattern, image or concept to manifest first then I shape my work and theories around that. I use whatever ideological material is at hand. Like found objects of the mind. I allow myself to be shaped by the work as I create it.


My studio is also my safe space. Whatever happens to my world, my mind, my body. This is the place I come back to. Somewhere between paint, clay and music, I find sanctuary and always have.

About the Artist



Kim Mobey (born 1980) is a self-taught South African artist. She has been working and selling her work through galleries since the age of 16, having regularly exhibited since 2003.  In 2017, when she was selected as a finalist for the PPC Imaginarium awards  with "In This Skin", her sculptural work gained wider recognition, being shown at the Turbine Art Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. In 2019 one of Mobey’s portraits "Nora in Winter" was selected for the Top 40 shortlist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.


Beyond her humanistic approach, she is deeply affected by mythology and science. Though her work is rooted in reality and historical fact, she makes generous use of artistic license, fulfilling her deep desire to upturn stereotypical notions regarding aesthetics, gender, race, age or class - and reflecting her compulsion to challenge fixed identities and how these bear out in society. 

Selected Exhibitions

2017 –  The V&A Watershed, Cape Town “Art Africa Fair”

2017 –  UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, PPC Imaginarium Finalist 


2017 –  Turbine Hall, Johannesburg “Turbine Hall Art Fair”

2018   February – Cape Town "Investec Cape Town Art Fair" 

2019  August – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town “Sanlam Portrait Award”

2020 November – Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town "Home is where the Art is"


South African Contemporary Art | Portraiture | Sculpture|

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